A Comic strip exchange between Bogota and Brussels
Artists perspectives are important in the context of intercultural relations and community development. We believe that artists often come up with innovative ways of approaching different issues creating disruption and new attitudes within, and between, communities. ifa laboratory has worked in several different contexts on creating meetings with people from various walks of life offering opportunities to work on priority topics.
Autumn 2018 ifa laboratory launched together with the embassy of Colombia in Brussels a comic magazine creation with teenagers in Bogota (Ciudad Bolivar) and Brussels (Molenbeek). Workshops with illustrators Sindy Elefante (CO) and Xavier Löwenthal (BE) will be held until summer 2019 when the goal is to have a comic strip magazine ready. Launch of the magazine will happen early autumn 2019
This project offers good opportunities to create new narratives and perspectives for different groups of young people in similar contexts on both sides of the Atlantic. This project process offers to work around metaphors of conflict. A methodology created offers the groups in Ciudad Bolivar and in Molenbeek to exchange about perceptions and reality in safe environments.
Arts Lab Bxl, The Belgian Comic Strip Center, Brussels, Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale, Molenbeek Foyer, Molenbeek, La Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (PCI), War Child Colombia, Fundacion Pepaso, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belgium (through the Embassy of Belgium, Bogota) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Colombia (through the embassy of Colombia in Brussels).
Andrea Alfonso Rodriguez, Cultural attaché, Embassy of Colombia in Belgium Johanna Suo, Expert cultural strategy, ifa laboratory